Why an IT health assessment is vital for SMEs

Unlike people, computers do not have the capability to vocalise when something is wrong. Despite their incredible intelligence, they can’t communicate how to prevent the process of their systems from breaking down. We know not to lift heavy objects if we want to protect our backs, we know to put sun cream on to look after our skin. Computers, on the other hand, have no preemptive drive.

If you’re in a business that relies on computing technology, this lack of assurance should be worrying. In 2017, we’re depending on machines more than ever; one digital breakdown could cause catastrophic damage.

Despite what is at stake, most heads of SMEs do not regularly check on the health of their IT.

A thorough IT health assessment usually measures:

  • Computing speed
  • Virus protection status
  • System operation (uncovering unwanted build-up, efficiency prevention, etc.).
  • Corruption of documents and files
  • Software performance

By analysing the current status of your machines, a PC health check can produce a list of strengths and weaknesses that would otherwise remain buried. This begins with assessing how your machines currently operate, before accurately identifying how to best improve performance.

After a thorough appraisal, the next step is to diagnose the causes for concern and recommend which action must be taken to ensure the functioning of your machines. By anticipating potential situations, you are able to prevent unnecessary damage in a cost effective and pragmatic way.

Just as a quick boost of vitamin C can bring us back from the brink of a cold, computers can be saved from a malfunction in much the same way. You just need to be enlightened to the threat.

When should I check my computer?

As you would with a MOT check, your computers should go through a health assessment at least once a year.

There are of course some additional markers that indicate when your computers are particularly in need of attention. You can look out for:

  • Slow functioning
  • Computer crashes
  • Freezing screens
  • Delay or complete failure in executing commands

An IT health assessment could save your business time, money and a great deal of stress. However, limited budgets often deter companies from giving their technology the attention it deserves.

To anticipate a problem before it arises is often the most cost-effective solution. By investing in the future, businesses are able to accurately predict where their resources should be directed towards, before it’s too late. Outdated software and similar are often the reason we buy entire new machines, yet by managing their internal operation, functionality is maintained for a fraction of the price.

If you recognise the value in managing your technology, we can help. Get in touch with an advisor today and we’ll direct you to our proud partners, IT 4 Offices. Experts in computer health, the team will be able to perform a full computer analysis, and bring your technology up to speed for maximum results.

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